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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


UWOFA Voices: ‘A better choice is to get up and do my part, however small that might be’

In a new series, UWOFA members share how they came to be active supporters of their union.

By Ann Bigelow

A lot of people just like me have fought to get me the rights I have today, and in today’s world, we need to be fighting to keep what we’ve already got, not just trying to get more fairness. If generations of workers had not given their time to improve our working conditions; if Rosa Parks had not resisted bus segregation; if the Famous Five had not stood up for the rights of women and children, society would not have progressed. I just want to make a small contribution, and by doing so, I am fighting for what I believe in.

Read Ann's full story here.

Every great university has a library at its centre

Every great university has a library at its centre; and, as I have tried to argue here, the library is above all an institution sustained by the knowledge and skills of the professionals who staff it. Western faculty like me are enormously privileged to carry on our research at Weldon and at the university’s other libraries; as our librarian colleagues enter what may be a difficult set of contract negotiations, we owe them our unconditional support.

UWOFA-LA collective bargaining has begun. Now what? Vol. 5, No. 4

Your UWOFA-LA negotiating team, led by chief negotiator Johanna Weststar (DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies), began negotiating a new collective agreement for librarians and archivists on Tuesday, June 11. Several half-day sessions are scheduled with the employer this month before bargaining pauses in July until mid-August. The current four-year contract expires June 30, 2019.

OCUFA statement on public sector wage restraint legislation

Ontario faculty are deeply concerned by the Ford government's attempt to cap public sector compensation increases at one per cent per year. This legislation represents an attack on the right to free and fair collective bargaining, a threat to pay equity and benefits for contract faculty and other marginalized workers, and an erosion of the foundations of Ontario's important public services.

Q&A with Johanna Weststar and Kristin Hoffmann

Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario are to begin collective bargaining this month. As UWOFA gears up for its next round of negotiations, Johanna Weststar and Kristin Hoffmann, chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator, sat down to discuss what librarians and archivists hope to achieve in the next Collective Agreement.